Analog Jazz formed in 2008 as a collective and creative endeavor. Analog Jazz delivers a combination of the classic standards, a little spice of R&B and contemporary smooth Jazz. Their list of popular songs have been molded and shaped by the group’s appreciation of original arrangements along with their own unique style. The bands unique blend comes from the individuals that make up this dynamic band of talented musicians.
MEET THE BAND
Keyboard and Music Director
"Ralph is a keyboardist, producer/arranger and songwriter that has been involved in the jazz scene for over twenty years. His professional career began in the '80's when he served as Products Manager for Jazz at MCA Records. He has also managed associated labels: GRP, Impulse!, Narada and JVC Jazz, among others. Ralph is also a longtime music journalist who has interviewed some of jazz music’s most popular musicians for magazines such as Jazziz, Keyboard, The Jazz Review and Play. He has also contributed to the All Music Guide and the Music Hound Jazz Record Guide. Ralph is enjoying his new focus stretching out as a "live" player..
Dave began learning/playing guitar in the mid 60’s and quickly developed a passion for folk music and finger-style guitar. Through the years he grew to enjoy a wide variety of styles that seemed perfectly suited to guitar; rock, blues, pop, big band, Gospel… and of course smooth jazz! Although he is a graphic designer/illustrator by trade, music has always offered an emotional outlet that the visual arts simply could not provide. At this stage in life he has found that connection is what matters most: connection to the soul of a musical piece, connection to the audience and connection to the other players in the band. Analog Jazz feels like the culmination of everything learned and experienced so far and the future is anxiously waiting for… whatever is next.
Leonard started playing at the young age of twelve performing in the local scene performing at weddings and grand openings etc. Leonard progressed to touring the US and Europe with a number of recording artist supporting their recordings. His passion is to explore a variety of styles of music. Leonard has performed rock, country, to jazz and loves the challenges that the styles bring. His influences are Paul McCartney, Brian Bromberg , to John Clayton.
The smooth melodic sounds of Tim Doane on flute has been praised for his incredible ability to blend his tone and skill tying a nice bow on the musical selections. Tim's been perfecting his his craft since he was very young with influences from Herbie Mann to Ian Anderson. Tim continues to push his boundaries with his skills and will accomplish what ever challenge he buts himself in front of.
Exposed to music as a child by his piano playing uncle, Matt picked up the saxophone in middle school and took to the instrument immediately. Matt has played and recorded with bands in Sacramento area over the last 15 years covering musical genres such as Praise, Rock, Swing, Funk, Soul, Jazz and Blues. Matt has also established himself as a talented vocalist singing in bands and hosting karaoke. He owned and operated a small entertainment company in Sacramento, which provided the area with some of the best karaoke shows and live entertainment. When not playing with Analog Jazz, Matt still hosts a karaoke shows for his long time karaoke patrons.
Russ brings to Analog Jazz a world of experience that cover over twenty years as a professional musician. As the back bone for local and national artist, Russ is a natural . His sense of classical to modern style makes him an “A List” musician. Styles include jazz, rock, funk, R&B, & worship. Russ is a welcome addition to the band since 2014.